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Donna Tonini

Donna toniniTC Degree, Program & Specialization: Ed.D., IED/Finance & Planning

Geographical Focus: Africa, with a special focus on Tanzania

Advisor:
Henry Levin

Previous graduate education: M.B.A., International Business from the Bentley Graduate School of Business; Ed.M., International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University

Research and scholarly interests: The purpose of my research is first to identify the most significant barriers of entry to secondary school that Tanzanian families face in enrolling their children, including both financial and non-financial variables that may impact access, and second, to evaluate how current educational policy in Tanzania is addressing these barriers and impacting enrollment growth.

Recent Presentations/Publications:

Tonini, D. (Summer 2010, Forthcoming). The Impact of Access Investments on Quality: Evaluating Costs and Constituencies in Tanzania. Society for International Education, 7.

 

Tonini, D. (June 2, 2010). Don't Whitewash History. Letter to the Editor, The Lowell Sun.

 

Tonini, D. (May 2010). At the Intersection of Indigenous Knowledge and

Underrepresentation: Spotlight on the work of Lesley Graybeal. CIES Perspectives, 153.

 

Tonini, D. (March 2010). The Wide Divide between Policies and Impacts: 

Examining Influences on Policy Implementation in Tanzania. Paper presented at the 54th Annual CIES Conference. Chicago, Illinois.

 

Tonini, D. (January 2010). Perspectives of Paradigms ? A Personal Exploration of Mixed Methods. CIES Perspectives, 152.


Tonini, D. (July 2009). Secondary Schooling in Tanzania: Boon or Burden? Examining Government Policy Influence over Parental Choice in Education. Paper presented at the Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World Speaker Series. Champaign, Illinois.

Tonini, D. (March 2009). The Growing Focus on Secondary Education: Cases and Comparative Studies. Panel Chair at the 53rd Annual CIES Conference. Charleston, South Carolina.

Tonini, D. (March 2009). The Secondary Education Development Plan in Tanzania: International Influences, Policy Choices and Impacts. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual CIES Conference. Charleston, South Carolina.

Tonini, D. (February, 2009). Policy Choices and Impacts: The Secondary Education Development Plan in Tanzania. Poster presented at the Student Symposium on African Education. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.

Tonini, D. (August 2008). Secondary Education Development Plan: Policy Choices and Impacts. Paper presented at the MS-Training Center for Development Cooperation, Arusha, Tanzania.

Tonini, D. (March 2008). Challenges of Education for Tanzanian Youth.  Panel Chair at the 52nd Annual CIES Conference. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Tonini, D. (March 2008). The Wide Divide between Primary and Secondary Education in Tanzania: Policy Choices and Impacts. Paper presented at the 52nd Annual CIES Conference. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Tonini, D. (March 2008). The Wide Divide between Primary and Secondary Education in Tanzania: Policy Choices and Impacts. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Graduate Research Conference. Boston University, Boston, MA.

Tonini, D. (October 2007). The Wide Divide between Primary & Secondary Education in Tanzania: Do Development Policies Help Promote Human Rights to Education, or Hinder Them? Paper presented at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY.

Tonini, D. (March 2007). The Wide Divide between Primary and Secondary Education in Tanzania:  A Look at the Intersection of International Educational Policy with Domestic Educational Problems. Paper presented at Beyond Borders: Global Change and Education in Action. New York University, New York, NY.

Tonini, D. (March 2007). Critical Awareness and Discourse Analysis: An Analysis of Tanzania's Secondary Education Development Plan. Paper presented at the Education, Politics and Social Policy Conference. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Tonini, D. (February 2007). The Wide Divide between Primary and Secondary Education: Tanzania's Other Great Rift Valley. Paper presented at the 51st Annual CIES Conference. University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

Tonini, D. (March 2006). To Establish School Fees, or to Abolish School Fees? Provision and Poverty Reduction. Paper presented at the 50th Annual CIES Conference. University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI.

Tonini, D. (May 2005). The Abuja Agreement: Policy or Pretext? A Program of "Land Reform" in Zimbabwe.  Paper presented at the Human Rights in Africa: Policy, Pedagogy & Practice Public Symposium. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Tonini, D. (Fall 2005). The Breadbasket Goes Empty: Zimbabwe - A Country in Crisis. In D. Burde, (Ed.) Education in Emergencies and Post-Conflict Situations: Problems, Responses and Possibilities, Vol. 2 (pp. 97-109). New York: Society for International Education, Teachers College.
Available at: http://www.columbia.edu/~dsb33/links.htm

Awards/Grants:  The Underrepresented Radical, Ethnic and Ability Groups Travel Grant (March 2010); Teachers College, Columbia University Departmental Scholarship (Fall 2009); Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (Summer 2009); Betty Fairfax Professional Development Fund Grant (Spring 2009); NSEP/Boren Fellowship for Academic Research (January 2008-September 2008); Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (Fall Semester 2007); Betty Fairfax Professional Development Fund Grant (Fall 2007); Dean's Grant for Student Research (School Year 2007/2008); Office of Policy and Research Fellowship (School Year 2007/2008); Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Fellowship, Swahili Studies in Tanzania (Summer 2007); Comparative and International Education Society's New Scholars Travel Grant (Spring 2007); Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (School Year 2006/2007); Teachers College Departmental Scholarship (School Year 2006/2007); Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (Summer 2006); Betty Fairfax Professional Development Fund Grant (Spring 2006).

Something special about TC: A highlight of my TC experience was Dr. Vavrus' 2005 policy class in Tanzania, where I conducted ethnographic field research on the neoliberal policy impact on school fees, and assessed the effects on educational access.